A Tradition of Turkey and Dogs

By Jessica Freni

Lowchen “Korbel” courtesy of Kat Roll, Photography credit Teddy Lei

Before everyone settles in for the turkey coma nap, Thanksgiving goes to the dogs! The 21st annual National Dog Show will air at noon (all times zones) once again with popular host David Frey and John O’Hurley. For some people, this is the only dog show they will see all year- make the most of this opportunity to talk with friends and family about the diversity of our purebred breeds and preservation breeding. So grab the remote and make the most of a captive audience!

Once the dinner is finished and before everyone’s attention turns to the next holidays,  there’s Orlando with the AKC National Championship presented by Royal Canin, December 17-18, 2022, with nearly than 5,400 dogs expected! These shows present an unrivaled opportunity to bring our dogs to the public and into the conversation!


For everyone who attended the live show competition, it was a great turnout!

193 breeds and varieties were present (a great opportunity for the public to interact with a wide variety of breeds in the benched format!) The largest single breed entry was Golden Retrievers with 58. There were 11 majors in dogs and 25 majors in bitches up for grabs!

A total of 1,445 dogs competed last Saturday at Oaks for the televised portion airing on Thanksgiving (up from 1,254 the year prior).

It was an amazing showing in public attendance, back to pre- Covid!





Best in Show was a battle of the top ranked dogs in the country!

Best in Show was “Winston” the French Bulldog Handled by Perry Payson GCHP FOX CANYON’S I WON THE WAR AT GOLDSHIELD CGC CGCA CGCU TKN (Owner: Sandy Fox & Alex Vorbeck & Alex Geremia & Felicia Cashin & M Fox & P Payson, Bixby, OK 740086454. Breeder: Sandy Fox & Perry Payson.)

Reserve Best in Show was “Cooper” an English Toy Spaniel (B&PC) Handled by Christopher Keith GCHB CH RINGO STAR OT NEVSKOGO HOBBITA (Owner: Patti Caldwell & Richard Caldwell, Lavon, TX 751661829. Breeder: N E Sedykh.)